February 23, 2014

Salt of the Earth

Photograph by Dany Krom, National Geographic Your Shot

"At 3,650 meters above sea level, in the Bolivian Altiplano, there exists the largest continual salt desert on our planet, with a surface extending 4,085 square miles," writes Dany Krom, a member of our Your Shot community. "In it, men work to extract salt, lithium, and borax while having to adapt to the climate adversities and life conditions."

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51 comments
Joseph Muguwa
Joseph Muguwa

It is simply amazing that it is only through you that I have come to be aware there are salt deserts as well. Thanks for being so informative

Mario Chong
Mario Chong

I be several times at Titicaca lake for do my job in Peru and I remember nice people there and they are hard workers in terrible climate and more than 3,600 meters over the sea level God bless all this persons.

Shannon T
Shannon T

If it weren't for the clouds and the hills in the background it would be difficult to tell where the horizon is. Well done.

Raquel Cartwright
Raquel Cartwright

This photo is so pretty.Without even reading about what this photo was, I fell in love with the picture. Reading about the salt and how much there was really surprised me! That is insane! There is so much, I had no idea places like this existed. 

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

Firstly, I never knew that something like this could exist at 3,650 meters above sea level. Thanks so much for sharing this photo. Apart from the vast expanse of this salt desert as you call it, its is an amazing photo of the reflection of the colour of the sky as is in the water. Just the knowledge of this existing is wonderful to know and experience through your eyes. Thanks

Anjali Dey
Anjali Dey

The vastness and depth of this picture cannot be explained in a few words here. When I look at it, there is this feeling of ever ending life force in me that just puts meaning in life. 

Jacob Stephens
Jacob Stephens

if that were 3,650 meters above sea level then they would not be walking in the ocean duhhhhhh. Those workers and trucks were photo shopped in there.

Kandy M.
Kandy M.

That is so pretty! I want to go there because of the beautiful view.

Diane Usher
Diane Usher

amazing photo. The sky is so clear and everything is so bright. Michigan is so cold :)

Noreen Carada
Noreen Carada

awesome! thanks for letting us see fascinating places of the earth through your lens!

Janice H.
Janice H.

Amazing, unbelievable and so fascinating to see this photograph of something we all use every day.       Wonderful and informative!

david Hollands
david Hollands

Proof of yet another abundance the fragile world provides for us daily.... Thank you for the focus you have captured

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Who would have imagined that there is so much salt in the world?  Certainly not me. What a shot, and congrats: on what must be the only one of its kind for us to see. From the foreground figures to the far away clouds, it is a an amazing photograph.  Thanks.   j.e.s.       

J. Fennell
J. Fennell

So many places on this planet to learn about. Thanks for sharing your photo and story!

ramdi hidayat
ramdi hidayat

in Indonesia there are also precisely in the town of Gresik
exquisite

Hans Straub
Hans Straub

It's the lines on the plane and the two men, off-center but walking towards it, that make the composition. Also, the light. The photographer could have printed this darker for a more "dramatic" effect but chose to keep it light, which gives it an airier feel. Very good picture. 

Ivan Lesica
Ivan Lesica

Fantastic shot and congrats for making the Photo of the day ,so deserving ! I looks a landscape of some alien planet ...Love it !

E Letivic
E Letivic

Very soft and pleasant blue-gray tones. This one will make my desk top cut today!

Anh N.
Anh N.

This looks amazing!

Laura Strologo
Laura Strologo

@Jacob Stephens  the water is there because they use it to extract the salt. It also happens when it rains. when there is no water, it looks like snow! 

Uyuni is a unique and really beautiful place 

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